By many measures, logging is the most dangerous occupation in the United States. The tools and equipment such as chain saws and logging machines pose hazards wherever they are used. As loggers use their tools and equipment, they deal with massive weights and irresistible momentum of falling, rolling, and sliding trees and logs. The hazards are more acute when dangerous environmental conditions are factored in, such as uneven, unstable or rough terrain; inclement weather including rain, snow, lightning, winds, and extreme cold and/or remote and isolated work sites where health care facilities are not immediately accessible.
This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Registers (rules, proposed rules, and notices), preambles to final rules (background to final rules), directives (instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official interpretation of the standards), state standards, and national consensus standards related to logging.
Frequently Cited Standards
OSHA maintains a listing of the most frequently cited standards for specified 2-6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Please refer to OSHA's Frequently Cited OSHA Standards page for additional information. For Forestry and Logging use NAICS code 113 in the NAICS search box.
Other Highlighted Standards
Preambles to Final Rules
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Logging operations involve felling, moving trees and logs from the stump to the point of delivery, transporting machines, equipment and personnel to and from and between logging sites. Loggers need to recognize the hazards associated with marking danger trees, felling, limbing, bucking, debarking, chipping, yarding, loading, unloading, and storing logs. This page addresses safety practices for all types of logging, regardless of the end use of the wood. These include pulpwood and timber harvesting and the logging of sawlogs, veneer bolts, poles, pilings and other forest products.
The following links provide information about possible solutions for hazards in logging.